Reading 0-0 Norwich- Match Report
Report of match 10th November 2012
Reading 0-0 Norwich- Match Report.
Stalemate at Madejski
Reading remain in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League after being held to a goalless draw at the Madejski Stadium by Norwich.
The Canaries travelled to Berkshire in good form, having picked up seven points in their last three league outings, but both teams were guilty of poor finishing and wasteful possession in a match that lacked any moment of quality.
The game started slowly and, other than a few profligate efforts sprinkled throughout the match, it never had the tempo required to get the home fans fully behind their side's quest for a maiden league victory.
Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass had an early run at the Reading defence following a ball-winning tackle by Alexander Tettey but his shot was deflected into the arms of Adam Federici.
The Australia international was featuring in his first league game since Reading's 4-2 defeat at Chelsea on August 22 but remained untested in the opening exchanges.
The hosts started to get on top after 10 minutes and had a number of set-piece opportunities that ultimately led to nothing.
The first chance of note came after a quarter of an hour when Royals winger Garath McCleary fired in a long-range effort that was parried away by John Ruddy in the Norwich goal.
Norwich, who have only scored eight goals in the league so far this season, were struggling to provide decent service to lone striker Grant Holt.
Bradley Johnson, last weekend's match winner against Stoke, ballooned an effort high over Federici's crossbar midway through the first half as the visitors started to come back into the contest.
Snodgrass then missed the best chance of the game as he headed Wes Hoolahan's cross wide.
But it was Reading who almost took the lead after half an hour as Sebastien Bassong dallied on the ball and was robbed by Jason Roberts on the touchline.
The experienced striker flashed the ball across goal and Michael Turner managed to turn it behind for a corner.
Neither side could find enough quality to come close to breaking the deadlock before the interval, with a header over from Reading defender Kaspars Gorkss and a deflected Steven Whittaker effort for Norwich the only notable efforts on goal.
The same lacklustre pattern followed at the start of the second half with Hoolahan guilty of mistiming an effort from the edge of the Reading penalty area.
Reading boss Brian McDermott tried to inject fresh impetus into his side with an hour gone, introducing Jimmy Kebe and Pavel Pogrebnyak from the bench, with McCleary and Noel Hunt making way.
Norwich were starting to use the ball better in possession but could not create enough in and around the final third.
Hoolahan's cross was too high for skipper Holt and Reading almost took the lead as they broke up the other end and saw Sean Morrison head Nicky Shorey's free-kick just wide of Ruddy's right-hand post.
With their backs up, the home side enjoyed a spell of meaningful possession and again came close as captain Jobi McAnuff arrowed a shot inches over the crossbar before Kebe's cross bounced on top of the woodwork moments later.
With 20 minutes remaining Holt was presented with the best chance of the game but he mistimed his jump as he looked to head Javier Garrido's cross past Federici and the ball looped out of play.
Chris Gunter then mirrored Bassong's first-half error as he lost the ball to Holt and the Wales full-back was lucky the Canaries could not make him pay.
Norwich defender Turner was the first man to be booked by referee Chris Hoy with just over 10 minutes remaining as he cynically slid in on Roberts after the forward had skipped past him with the ball.
It was to prove to be Roberts' last involvement as McDermott threw on Adam Le Fondre in search of a goal that would likely seal the three points.
With the game opening up in the closing stages both teams found themselves with chances as Snodgrass failed to make enough contact to a header when well-placed in the Reading box.
Anthony Pilkington was the next player guilty of poor finishing as he latched on to Holt's clever flick before firing high and wide from 25 yards and Holt then forced a simple save out of Federici with a tame header.
The last 10 minutes were similar to the rest of the game, with both sets of players working hard but ultimately coming up short in the search for a winning goal.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Madejski Stadium Attendance: 24,080|
||0 - 0||Norwich City
|90+2||Alexander Tettey has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|89||Foul by Wesley Hoolahan on Nicky Shorey, free kick awarded. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.|
|88||Kaspars Gorkss gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alexander Tettey. John Ruddy takes the indirect free kick.|
|87||Unfair challenge on Jay Tabb by Elliott Bennett results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.|
|84||(Norwich) makes a substitution, with Steve Morison coming on for Grant Holt. (Norwich) makes a substitution, with Elliott Bennett coming on for Robert Snodgrass.|
|83||Jobi McAnuff challenges Robert Snodgrass unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Ruddy takes the free kick.|
|83||Nicky Shorey sends in a cross, clearance by Steven Whittaker.|
|82||The ball is crossed by Anthony Pilkington, Grant Holt takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.|
|81||Anthony Pilkington has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.|
|80||The ball is swung over by Alexander Tettey.|
|78||The ball is crossed by Anthony Pilkington, Header from deep inside the area by Robert Snodgrass goes harmlessly over the crossbar.|
|77||(Reading) makes a substitution, with Adam Le Fondre coming on for Jason Roberts.|
|77||Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball, Javier Garrido gets a block in.|
|76||Michael Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Roberts. Michael Turner is booked. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Nicky Shorey from left by-line, clearance by Sebastien Bassong.|
|76||Javier Garrido crosses the ball, Kaspars Gorkss makes a clearance.|
|75||Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.|
|74||The ball is sent over by Javier Garrido, Kaspars Gorkss manages to make a clearance.|
|72||Corner taken by Anthony Pilkington from the left by-line, Pavel Pogrebnyak manages to make a clearance.|
|72||The ball is swung over by Anthony Pilkington, blocked by Sean Morrison.|
|70||The ball is sent over by Javier Garrido, Grant Holt has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.|
|69||Jimmy Kebe crosses the ball.|
|68||Jimmy Kebe fouled by Alexander Tettey, the ref awards a free kick. Nicky Shorey has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.|
|68||Nicky Shorey crosses the ball, Robert Snodgrass manages to make a clearance.|
|67||Corner taken short by Jobi McAnuff.|
|66||Jobi McAnuff produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.|
|65||Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Pavel Pogrebnyak misses to the right of the target.|
|64||Jason Roberts fouled by Michael Turner, the ref awards a free kick. Nicky Shorey takes the direct free kick.|
|63||A cross is delivered by Wesley Hoolahan.|
|63||The ball is delivered by Javier Garrido.|
|61||Kaspars Gorkss gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Grant Holt. Steven Whittaker restarts play with the free kick.|
|60||Jobi McAnuff concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Holt. Direct free kick taken by Steven Whittaker.|
|59||Pavel Pogrebnyak on for Noel Hunt. Garath McCleary goes off and Jimmy Kebe comes on.|
|58||Mikele Leigertwood produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.|
|58||A cross is delivered by Jobi McAnuff, Robert Snodgrass manages to make a clearance.|
|58||Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Holt on Jason Roberts. Free kick taken by Mikele Leigertwood.|
|57||The assistant referee flags for offside against Grant Holt. Free kick taken by Sean Morrison.|
|55||Corner taken by Nicky Shorey, clearance made by Alexander Tettey.|
|55||Corner from the left by-line taken by Nicky Shorey, Michael Turner manages to make a clearance.|
|55||Centre by Garath McCleary, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.|
|54||The offside flag is raised against Noel Hunt. Free kick taken by Bradley Johnson.|
|52||The ball is swung over by Javier Garrido, clearance by Sean Morrison.|
|50||Nicky Shorey takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Grant Holt.|
|50||Grant Holt concedes a free kick for a foul on Kaspars Gorkss. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.|
|48||Wesley Hoolahan produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.|
|48||Noel Hunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass. Michael Turner takes the free kick.|
|46||Nicky Shorey produces a cross.|
|46||Centre by Garath McCleary, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.|
|46||Corner taken by Nicky Shorey from the left by-line, clearance by Sebastien Bassong.|
|45||Jobi McAnuff produces a cross, clearance by Michael Turner.|
|45||The ball is swung over by Chris Gunter, clearance by Sebastien Bassong.|
|43||Unfair challenge on Michael Turner by Jason Roberts results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Ruddy.|
|43||Garath McCleary sends in a cross.|
|40||Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Holt on Jason Roberts. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.|
|39||The ball is sent over by Alexander Tettey, clearance made by Noel Hunt.|
|38||Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line, Sean Morrison manages to make a clearance.|
|38||Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Anthony Pilkington, Kaspars Gorkss makes a clearance.|
|37||Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Blocked by Kaspars Gorkss.|
|35||Grant Holt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikele Leigertwood. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.|
|34||Unfair challenge on Jay Tabb by Alexander Tettey results in a free kick. Kaspars Gorkss restarts play with the free kick.|
|33||Foul by Jay Tabb on Wesley Hoolahan, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by John Ruddy.|
|33||Corner taken by Nicky Shorey played to the near post, clearance made by Grant Holt.|
|30||The ball is crossed by Jobi McAnuff, clearance by Grant Holt.|
|29||Outswinging corner taken by Nicky Shorey from the left by-line.|
|29||Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Nicky Shorey, Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.|
|29||Centre by Jason Roberts, clearance by Steven Whittaker.|
|28||Centre by Jason Roberts, Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.|
|27||A cross is delivered by Wesley Hoolahan, Headed effort from inside the area by Robert Snodgrass misses to the left of the target.|
|26||The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by John Ruddy.|
|25||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Robert Snodgrass. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey. Effort on goal by Kaspars Gorkss from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.|
|24||Anthony Pilkington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Gunter. Free kick taken by Sean Morrison.|
|23||A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass.|
|22||Effort on goal by Bradley Johnson from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.|
|19||Garath McCleary crosses the ball.|
|18||Jason Roberts fouled by Steven Whittaker, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.|
|18||Sean Morrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Holt. Direct free kick taken by Javier Garrido.|
|17||Centre by Jobi McAnuff.|
|13||Sebastien Bassong concedes a free kick for a foul on Noel Hunt. Free kick crossed by Nicky Shorey, Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.|
|13||Garath McCleary takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.|
|11||Jason Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastien Bassong. John Ruddy takes the free kick.|
|10||Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Holt on Sean Morrison. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.|
|10||Noel Hunt is ruled offside. John Ruddy takes the direct free kick.|
|9||A cross is delivered by Garath McCleary.|
|8||Outswinging corner taken by Nicky Shorey from the left by-line.|
|8||Nicky Shorey sends in a cross, clearance by Alexander Tettey.|
|7||Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Nicky Shorey, Robert Snodgrass makes a clearance.|
|7||A cross is delivered by Chris Gunter, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.|
|5||Jason Roberts is flagged offside by the assistant referee. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.|
|4||Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Garath McCleary gets a block in.|
|2||The ball is delivered by Anthony Pilkington, clearance by Kaspars Gorkss.|
|1||Mikele Leigertwood fouled by Bradley Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sean Morrison.|
|-||The official flags Bradley Johnson offside. Sean Morrison takes the direct free kick.|